Panama obtained the General Secretariat of the Association of Caribbean States (AEC) for the period 2020-2024, a position that will be held by Rodolfo Sabonge, a Panamanian expert in maritime affairs, the Panamanian Foreign Ministry reported on Friday.RELATED
“Today at the XXV Ordinary Meeting of the Council of Ministers of @ACS_AEC, Panama manages to obtain the General Secretariat of the Association of Caribbean States. It is the first time that a Panamanian will be in charge of said association. I thank the member countries for their support, “wrote the Panamanian foreign minister, Alejandro Ferrer.
In another message on the same social network, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs indicated that the ACS General Secretariat “promotes cooperation and concerted action among all the member countries that make up the Greater Caribbean,” and described Sabonge as a “professional of recognized trajectory “.
The ACS, established in 1994, is an organization made up of 35 countries and territories in the region that come together to promote sustainable development in the Caribbean through cooperation, coordination and concerted action.
Its priorities are disaster risk reduction, protection and preservation of the Caribbean Sea, sustainable tourism, commerce and transportation.
The ACS and Panama signed in May 2019 a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on projects and activities for the Regional Logistics Center for Humanitarian Assistance (CLRAH), also known as a humanitarian hub.
Panama inaugurated in November 2018 the humanitarian hub, the first of its kind on the American continent and which has a storage capacity of 12,000 square meters. The other global humanitarian distribution centers are located in Dubai (United Arab Emirates), the Canary Islands (Spain), Brindisi (Italy) and Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia).
The ACS and CLRAH agreed in May 2019 to implement support initiatives to improve coordination between the agencies that provide humanitarian aid in the region.
In 2017, during the Atlantic hurricane season, the ACS along with Panama and other countries in the region played a key role in coordinating disaster relief efforts in the territories hit by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.